JNU VC mastermind behind attack, criminal probe must

Updated: Jan 13, 2020, 14:50 IST | Agencies | New Delhi

Cong panel member recommends M Jagadesh Kumar's dismissal, says all appointments in faculty must be probed

Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar comes out after meeting HRD secretrary Amit Khare in New Delhi, on Friday. Pic /PTI
Jawaharlal Nehru University Vice-Chancellor Mamidala Jagadesh Kumar comes out after meeting HRD secretrary Amit Khare in New Delhi, on Friday. Pic /PTI

New Delhi: A fact-finding committee of the Congress on the JNU violence on Sunday alleged that Vice Chancellor M Jagadesh Kumar was the "mastermind" behind it and sought his immediate dismissal and criminal probe against him. Calling the January 5 violence by masked men "state-sponsored", panel member Sushmita Dev said it recommended that Kumar be dismissed immediately and all appointments in faculty should be probed and an independent inquiry should take place. The Congress had appointed the four-member fact-finding committee to carry out a detailed inquiry into the violence at JNU.

"A criminal probe must be initiated against the VC, the company that provides security service and members of the faculty who conspired with the attackers to unleash the violence at Sabarmati hostel, Periyar hostel and other places. The security company's contract must be immediately terminated," the Mahila Congress chief said.

Calling Kumar the "mastermind" behind the incident, Dev said since his appointment in 2016, he meticulously "infiltrated" the university with people in the faculty who did not merit their positions and promoted only those who would be compliant to him and had their inclination to right-wing ideology. He operates through these members to orchestrate chaos.

'Security personnel were complicit'

In a chronology of events released on Saturday, JNUSU claimed that street lights were switched off, police officers who were deployed in the campus to control the violence looked the other way and absolute terror ensued. In a statement, JNUSU said security personnel in the varsity were "complicit" as the perpetrators carried out the attack.

2016
Year the VC was appointed

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